This time last week I was attending the Annual conference of my governing body The Federation of Image Professionals International or FIPI for short. FIPI set the standards that us Image Professionals need to reach as well as providing on going training opportunities to ensure that the quality of the Image profession is at its highest.
The first speaker of the day was Julia Elliot Brown CEO of Upper Street, a luxury bespoke shoe company. As a shoe addict my ears pricked up at the words “design your own shoes!”
Yes ladies that’s right, Upper Street are a luxury shoe brand whereby you design your own shoes using such a huge number of variations in heel height, toe, style and fabrics that there are 5 Million options to choose from.
There is an unbelievably easy to use online Shoe Designer where you can play around to your hearts content until you get ‘THE’ shoe you desire.
Men hold a bespoke shoe or suit (think Saville Row) as a marker or sign of their success, but why do we as women think that to do the same for ourselves is extravagant? We constantly put our children, homes and partners before ourselves why shouldn’t we indulge ourselves with a perfect pair of shoes? So if you have searched and searched for the right shoe to go with that dress for that special occasion, look no more, create your own with Upper Street.
The shoes are the most fabulous quality, you can order a swatch for a £1 to check the fabric will match. You can order them online, or book a stylist to come to your home or go the London shoe salon.
Do you remember those books when you were a kid? The ones where you had a cut out of a girl and you would dress her with cardboard clothes by turning the tabs over? Well Upper Street is like that mixed with having the chance to create your own Cinderella glass slipper! You must check it out.
Next was the lovely Nicky from Hobbs Covent Garden store, an eloquent and empassioned presenter, she knew her brand inside and out, steering us through a plotted history of the brand and their design and manufacturing practices.
You can see why Hobbs is such a quality product with a classic style, their Palace Collection is inspired by tapestries, artwork and the gardens found at Hampton Court Palace is beautiful with forever pieces you will wear again and again.
Their staple pieces like their coats, knitwear and suits will last you a life time.
Invest now and these are items you will wear season after season as they will never date.